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Question: fecal body odor, abdominal pain

 priam18 - Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:45 am


For the past two weeks, I've been plagued with a strange odor coming from my body. I do not know where it originates from, but often I find when I get out of the shower, and get on the bus about 15 minutes later, it can be sensed by others around me. The strange thing about this odor, however, is that I very rarely smell it myself. When I do happen to catch a whiff of it, it smells strong and spicy, almost fecal. I've tried many things to correct this (at first I thought it was due to bad breath, then a funal infection, so I made sure I scrubbed my teeth correctly and I used treatment for fungal infections.), but none of that seems to have worked.

I've heard that fecal body odor may be due to constipation, but I've been constipated before and have not had this odor emanating from me. In addition, although I do experience some pain on the right side of my abdominals, I'm relatively regular.

By the way, I'm a 21 year old male.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:56 pm

User avatar When one is experiencing body odor there are several possible reasons. Increased testosterone and other adrenal hormones can increase the production of body odor. Some diets may lead to increased body odor.

Infections that are chronic can also lead to odor, although they typically will have other symptoms.

I would recommend you see your doctor for a general evaluation to assess the issue.

Best wishes.

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